The first in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft looks at defenseman Seth Jones, who played for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League in 2012-13.
Weight: 205 pounds
2012-13 Team: Portland (WHL)
Born: October 3, 1994
Birthplace: Plano, TX
|NHL Central Scouting||1st North American skaters|
|International Scouting Services||2nd all skaters|
|Red Line Report||1st overall|
|The Hockey News||1st overall|
|McKeen’s Hockey||1st overall|
|Hockey Prospectus||3rd overall|
Won the Western Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year award after posting 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists) and a plus-46 rating in 61 games for the Portland Winterhawks. Was tops among WHL rookie defensemen in scoring and ranked fourth among all defensemen. Picked up 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 21 playoff games as Portland won the WHL championship. Registered 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 5 games as Portland made it to the Memorial Cup championship game. Named the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospect for 2012-13. Registered 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 7 games as USA won gold medal at World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Ranked second among defensemen in scoring at the tournament.
Played for the U.S. National Development team in 2010-11 and 2011-12. … Registered 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 6 games as USA won gold medal at 2012 Under-18 World Championship. … Picked up 3 assists in 6 games as USA won 2011 Under-18 World Championship. … Played with Dallas Stars midget program prior to joining U.S. National Development Program. … Father is former NBA player Popeye Jones.
“Jones is the type of defenceman that most scouts drool over. Jones is a thoroughbred, he moves so fluidly for his size you would think he was born on skates. His conditioning is excellent and he shows a great deal of athleticism. There is very little not to like about the kid. Jones has also upped his offensive production to nearly a point per game this season. He has a strong understanding of play in both directions, is a smooth skater with good puck skills and can switch gears and play with an edge when need be. His panic threshold is off the charts and his demeanour rarely changes. He can chip in offensively by leading the rush, springing teammates with stretch passes or finding a hole from the point with his good shot.” — International Scouting Services
“He fits all the criteria to be a dominant NHL blueliner: size, mobility, smarts, poise. The only thing missing is a nasty streak, though physical play doesn’t intimiate him. One scout said he knows Jones can handle the rough stuff, ‘but you’d like to see him get mad sometimes.’ Jones is seen as a potential franchise defenseman. His skating, passing and shooting set him apart. His hockey sense allows him to skate the puck out of his end or make an accurate first pass without many turnovers. Plus he has a bomb from the point.” – The Hockey News Draft Preview 2013
“.. a vibrant, full-range blueliner blessed with extraordinary athleticism, co-ordination, and mobility .. hands are soft, quick, and strong .. stickhandles past checks and spins away from pursuers – with casual ease .. delivers searing tape-to-tape passes with a mere flick of his powerful wrists .. never shy about showing off a booming slapshot and likewise-potent wristshot .. ” – McKeen’s Hockey Draft Guide 2013